AM2R Devs Reunite For Okami-Inspired Metroidvania ‘Bo: Path Of The Teal Lotus’

Bo Path Of The Teal Lotus
Image: Christopher Stair, Trevor Youngquist

After a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign in February this year, Chris Stair and Trevor Youngquist’s upcoming stunning Metroidvania Bo: Path of the Teal Lotus has been given some notable names in the Metroid fan community.

Members of the team behind Another Metroid 2 Remake (AM2R) have joined this Japanese folklore-inspired search action game that the developers say will take a leaf out of the sky Hollow Knight and okamihis books.

Stair and Youngquist originally worked alone on the project, but are now joined by these three renowned names who know a thing or two about the Metroidvania genre: Milton Guasti (DoctorM64, director of AM2R and level designer at Ori and the will of the wisps), Esteban Criado (DruidVorse, AM2R’s Lead Playtester and Metroidvania speedrunner), and Robert Maloney (Sephazon, Producer of AM2R and Associate for Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions). The three will work as Associate Designer, QA Lead and Production and Publishing Lead on Bo: Path of the Teal Lotus, and what a team to make this wonderful project a reality.

Bo: Path of the Teal Lotus follows Bo, a celestial blossom who must overcome obstacles and defeat dangerous foes after uncovering the secrets behind the rise of a powerful shogun. Bo will use her staff to bounce through these Japanese watercolor worlds and you will be treated to a feast for the eyes and a boatload of Japanese folklore.

Here are some more details about the game from the Steam page:

– A well-known 2D side-scrolling action platformer that combines classic hand-drawn animation and landscapes with new atmospheric bells and whistles that make the experience wonderfully new, yet cozy familiar.

– Tight platform controls. Bō feels great to control and players will feel an amazing freedom of choice as they enter a flow state navigating the challenging platforming challenges.

– Explore a mysterious world! Bō’s world is open and interconnected. Discover everything from haunted bathhouses to a thriving Japanese-inspired metropolis. Find ways to travel back to areas you thought you had fully explored and unlock new paths and surprises.

– Unlock powerful new skills! Brew and drink mysterious tea to unlock Bō’s shape-shifting staff abilities. Includes the Mochi Mallet, Blossom Dash and the Grappling Gun.

– Daruma pop Power ups! Collect daruma dolls on your journey to fine-tune your skills and give you advantages (or even disadvantages) in unique ways. All daruma dolls start with 1 filled-in eye. They can be upgraded to a two-eyed daruma which amplifies the original benefit of the daruma. These adorable daruma dolls will be by your side during your journey.

– A large cast of bizarre and cute yokai (monsters from Japanese folklore) and original characters based on Japanese cultural archetypes. All these characters and enemies are brought to life with traditional hand-drawn 2D frame-by-frame animation. Help them with their side quests or just drop by for a chat and a cup of tea.

– Epic boss battles! On your journey you will encounter many huge monsters from Japanese folklore. Use your acquired knowledge and skills to defeat them and progress in your quest.

– Beautiful hand-drawn and immersive areas and landscapes with traditional Japanese-inspired trimmings.

– An absolutely beautiful original score composed by Moises Carmago, which beautifully blends traditional Japanese instrumentation with modern orchestral music.

There’s a dime a dozen Metroidvanias on the Switch, but with Bo’s beautiful visuals and the pedigree behind it, we’re really excited to see how this one plays out.

Bo: Path of the Teal Lotus will be out on Switch sometime next year, and we’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for it. Check out last year’s teaser trailer below and share your thoughts on the game with us in the comments!

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